Civil rights are a set of rights established by law, and the protection of individual freedom is not denied or restricted by the government, social organizations or other individuals. Examples of civil rights include the right to work, study, eat and live in places they choose. For example, simply leaving a customer away from a restaurant because of his or her race violates civil rights under US law. Civil rights laws are usually enacted to ensure that groups facing discrimination in history receive fair and equal treatment. For example, in the United States, some civil rights laws focus on “protected classes” of people with characteristics of race, gender, age, disability, or sexual orientation. According to the International Monitoring Agency, although it is taken for granted in most other Western democracies, the consideration of civil rights is deteriorating. Since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the global war on terror has forced many governments to sacrifice civil rights in the name of security.